European Integration: State of the Art
Full course description
This module opens the first year of the Research Master European Studies. It sets the scene for the following periods in two ways: First, by introducing students to key current debates and contending perspectives on European integration. The focus will be put on historical, theoretical, conceptual, and normative approaches to European integration which are taken from a range of disciplines, in particular international relations, history, political science and political philosophy. Second, the module serves to introduce the three specialisations of the RMES curriculum, namely Historicising European Union, Governance and Representation in the EU, and Europe and the World. The first part of the module presents these different perspectives and approaches through lectures and in-class discussion. In the second part FASoS researchers who represent one of the three RMES specialisations discuss their specific research projects and thus give an insight into the practicalities of conducting research.
In this module students will:
- Gain knowledge on how different academic disciplines have dealt with the issue of European integration and understand key debates in these different fields;
- be able to recognise the potential and limitations of specific theories and approaches for opening (or closing) specific routes of inquiry on European integration;
- get an insight into the practical conduct of research projects and the choices that are made in designing them;
- be trained to take a reasoned position in specific academic debates and to communicate their insights in oral and written form;
- understand the three specialisations of the RMES and be prepared to make informed choices on their further study trajectory.
The course syllabus provides a detailed list of readings for each seminar. In addition, students are advised to consult the following books:
- Jones, Erik, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill (eds.) (2012): The Oxford Handbook of the European Union; Oxford: Oxford University Press. (State of the art overview of all aspects of European Studies)
- Wiener, Antje and Thomas Diez (eds.) (2009): European Integration Theory (2nd ed.); Oxford: Oxford University Press. (A must-read for the theoretically minded).
- Dinan, Desmond (ed.) (2014): Origins and Evolution of the European Union (2nd ed.); Oxford: Oxford University Press (good overview articles, focused on EU history).
- Judt, Tony (2005): Postwar. A History of Europe Since 1945; London: Pimlico (repr. 2006 at Penguin and 2010 at Vintage books; accessible postwar history, not confined to the EU).